10/30/14 10:37pm

The City of Alexandria has joined the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC) in a regional effort to collect blankets for refugees who have fled Syria and other countries for Turkey due to the violence in the Middle East. Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille, Fairfax County Board Chair Sharon Bulova, and Loudoun County Board Chairman Scott York are co-chairs for this year’s effort.

Last year, the Northern Virginia community collected nearly 18,000 blankets to help Syrian refugees in Turkey. Since that time, matters have only grown worse, with more than one million Syrian refugees living in Turkey alone. With further unrest in Iraq, the number of refugees entering Turkey is increasing.

This year’s blanket drive will take place from November 1 until noon on November 22.  The goal is to fill several shipping containers that will be sent to a local relief agency in Turkey, where they will be delivered to the refugee families.

Those wishing to make donations are asked to drop off new or gently used blankets (cleaned and folded; no sheets, please) to one of the following City locations:

City Hall
301 King Street
Market Square Lobby
Weekdays, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Beatley Central Library
5005 Duke Street
Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

Residents and businesses are urged to support this effort and encourage their neighbors, friends, community organizations, and others to help. “I have looked into the eyes of the families impacted by this tragedy and I know personally how much they are hurting after being violently displaced from their homes,” said Mayor Euille. “Every donation goes a long way in helping them achieve some peace in these very difficult circumstances.”

For more information, or to make a financial contribution to help purchase blankets, visit: http://helpsyrianrefugees.us/

10/30/14 10:07pm


Public Input Sought on Coordinated Park Plan

The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities is hosting a public open house on Thursday, November 6 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at 2900 Business Center Drive to receive public input on a coordinated park plan for Cameron Run Regional Park, Lake Cook, Hensley Park, and the Clermont Natural Area. The plan also addresses the connection of the open space and trail systems with Holmes Run Park and Trail, Tarleton Park, Ben Brenman Park and Armistead Boothe Park. In addition, the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NOVA Parks) is seeking a long-term lease extension from the City for the Cameron Run Regional Park site.

The purpose of the meeting is to share the results of a citywide survey that identified community needs for NOVA Parks’ features in Alexandria and provide staff with recommendations for short and long-term improvements to the park and trail system. Staff will develop draft coordinated park plan ensuring that the park and trail system serves Alexandria needs now and into the future.

Individuals who are unable to attend meeting may send written comments to the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, Attention: Laura Durham, City Open Space Coordinator, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria, VA 22314; e-mail laura.durham@alexandriava.gov; or fax to 703.684.6826 by 5 p.m. Thursday, November 13.

Following the open house, the Park and Recreation Commission will hold a public hearing on the staff developed draft-coordinated plan on Thursday, November 20 at 7 p.m. at the Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe St.

Attendees should park at the Witter Recreational Fields parking lot, 2700 Witter Dr., adjacent to the meeting location. Directions:

  • West from Landmark Shopping Center: Travel west on Duke St. to right onto Witter Drive. Parking is available in lot on right.
  • East from Old Town Alexandria: Travel east on Duke St. to left turn onto Witter Drive. Parking is available in lot on right.

For additional information, contact Laura Durham, City Open Space Coordinator, at 703.746.5493.

10/30/14 5:52pm

Calling ALL Veterans!

Polk Elementary School in Alexandria, Virignia is looking for area veterans to speak to their students on November 11 in honor of Veteran’s Day!  Veterans would speak and answer questions for about 40 minutes starting at 8:15 AM with a few needed for a panel discussion with the whole 5th grade at 8:50 AM.

You can volunteer by a reply on Facebook or emailing TalktoPolkPTA @gmail.com.

(H/T Seminary Valley)

10/30/14 5:24pm

George Mason Elemenary in Alexandria, Virginia was evacuated in Alexandria, Virginia earlier today.

Due to today’s issue, the school will be closed tomorrow, Friday, October 31, 2014.

10/30/14 4:27pm

This is an update to this post. IMHO, the gentleman at the link has a slam dunk case. What do you think?

The City of Alexandria has suspended citations for parking violations associated with displaying a “for sale” sign on a vehicle parked on a public street.

Section 10-4-13(a) of the Code of the City of Alexandria, which dates back to at least the early 1960s, prohibits parking a vehicle on any street for the purpose of displaying the vehicle for sale.  In September, City staff began a review to determine whether the ordinance still meets the needs of the community.  This review, which will take place over several months, will determine if and how comparable jurisdictions regulate this issue, receive guidance on best practices from professional and government associations, and obtain public input through community outreach.

While the review is pending, the City has determined that it is in the best interest of the public to suspend enforcement of the ordinance.  Accordingly, vehicles displaying “for sale” signs on public streets will not be ticketed until further notice.  This will allow the City and the community time to assess any positive or negative implications of the practice, as well as to complete the review process explained above.

The review process will conclude with a staff report to City Council that may recommend making no change to the ordinance, amending it, or repealing it altogether.  If City Council moves forward with an amendment or repeal, a formal public hearing will be held and City Council will vote on the proposed change.  If the staff recommendation results in no change to the current law, the City will provide at least 30 days public notice that enforcement will resume.